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Kanye West is still worth about $400 million despite being dropped by multiple brands. Here’s how he spent his money.

After a series of antisemitic remarks and “White Lives Matter” stunts, the decision by Adidas to end its deal with Kanye West’s Yeezy brand has slashed his net worth by $1.5 billion, according to Forbes.

Calculations of West’s wealth have long been muddled by his own exaggerations, but Forbes eventually declared him a billionaire in 2020, following repeated requests from the musician and fashion designer.

He’s now lost the long-sought title, but he’s clung onto a healthy $400 million, per Forbes.

This figure rests on West’s extremely popular music catalog, which is still available on major streaming services, as well as his extensive real estate portfolio, numerous flashy assets, and a 5% stake in ex-wife Kim Kardashian’s shapewear brand Skims.

In early October, during his brand Yeezy’s show at Paris Fashion Week, West wore a shirt emblazoned with the words “White Lives Matter” — a phrase which has been linked to various white supremacist groups. Shortly afterwards, he posted an antisemitic tirade on Twitter, saying he was “going death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE.”

West was dropped by big brands, including Balenciaga, Gap, Vogue, and — perhaps most crushingly — Adidas. His record label G.O.O.D. was dropped by Def Jam, per The New York Times, and he’s no longer represented by Creative Artists Agency.

West did not respond to Insider’s request for comment. 

Kanye West has an extensive music catalog — and people are still streaming his songs.

Kanye West presented with his first platinum album "The College Dropout" in 2004
Kanye West presented with his first platinum album “The College Dropout” in 2004

West’s income from album sales isn’t known, but he’s sold an estimated 160 million records — making him one of the world’s best-selling recording artists.

He’s also still making money from streaming, even in the wake of his recent offensive comments. West’s music remains available across most major platforms, including Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Music — and that’s unlikely to change, per The Los Angeles Times

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek told Reuters that, although he considers West’s antisemitic comments “just awful,” those messages don’t feature in West’s music, so don’t affect his future on Spotify. “It’s really just his music, and his music doesn’t violate our policy,” said Ek.

Although radio airplay is down, per Billboard, West’s streaming figures are still strong.

In the seven days after October 3, when West wore his controversial “White Lives Matter” shirt at Paris Fashion Week, his music catalog had an average daily streaming tally of 13.1 million in the US, per Luminate via Billboard. This figure remained pretty steady even after West’s antisemitic tirades, which sparked widespread condemnation and prompted major brands to sever highly-profitable ties with him. 

Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music did not respond to Insider’s request for comment. 

From remote ranches to a Malibu bunker, West holds an expansive real estate portfolio.

kanye west ranch

In 2020, West’s internal team told Forbes that he held $81 million in “buildings and improvements” and $21 million in land — mostly emcompassing his various personal homes. 

Standout properties include West’s two huge $14 million ranches in Wyoming, which he picked up in 2019. About 100 miles apart, they include a restaurant and saloon, an event venue, numerous horse barns, multiple guest cabins, and a state-of-the-art shooting range.

Following their split in early 2021, Kim Kardashian retained the $60 million Hidden Hills house she’d shared with Kanye West, but the musician quickly picked up another property nearby. By his standards, it was a modest purchase at $4.5 million, per Dirt

Other purchases have been pricier. In September 2021, per Dirt, West splurged $57.3 million on a bunker-style mansion in Malibu in an off-market deal.

The concrete property, previously home to financier Richard Sachs, was designed by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando and, according to Architectural Digest, is characteristic of West’s “minimalist style.”

West has picked up plenty of pricey assets over the years — including tanks, supercars, and sparkling jewels.

Ripsaw EV2
Ripsaw EV2.

West also has a reputation for picking up pricey assets. In 2020, his team told Forbes he held “vehicles” worth about $3.8 million in “vehicles” and in “livestocks” valued at almost $300,000.

One of West’s most outlandish purchases was a $500,000 super-fast luxury tank, which he’s since sold. This was just one element of his wild array of off-roaders, which includes a fleet of amphibious all-terrain vehicles. 

West also has an extensive collection of supercars, per GQ, including a Porsche 991 and a Lamborghini Urus. He also owns a Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss — one of just 75 built  — as well as his recently modified BAC Mono “Yemobile”, per Hypebeast.

West is certainly a big spender, but some of his biggest assets have come in the form of gifts. On his birthday in 2012, Ye received a $750,000 Lamborghini Aventador from Kim Kardashian. 

Beyond vehicles, West also splashes the cash on fashion. Way back in 2011, West bought a diamond-encrusted timepiece from luxury watchmaker Tiret for $180,000, per Time

Although he’s lost most partnerships, West still holds a 5% stake in Kim Kardashian’s fashion brand Skims.

Kim Kardashian during a photoshoot for Skims
Kim Kardashian during a photoshoot for Skims

Per Forbes, West still holds a 5% stake in Skims — the shapewear brand founded by his ex-wife Kim Kardashian.

In an interview with The New York Times, Kardashian said Ye’s input was central to shaping the brand’s aesthetic — calling him the “ghost creative director.”

Skims told The New York Times that Ye has “no active role” at the company, describing him as a “small minority shareholder.” 

Kardashian hasn’t made any direct statements about her ex-husband’s recent offensive behavior, but on October 24, she tweeted: “Hate speech is never OK or excusable. I stand together with the Jewish community and call on the terrible violence and hateful rhetoric towards them to come to an immediate end.”

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